Moving Past Monotony

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Morning comes, and I open my eyes. I find my way through the dark bedroom and head across the hallway and down the stairs, careful not to wake the children. Once downstairs, I spend a little time in my favorite chair reading in the quiet of the morning hours. It’s never enough time though. Soon, someone will be calling on me to help them out of bed. Sure enough, I hear “Dad!” I head back upstairs and grab my kids to bring them down for breakfast. I suggest oatmeal because it is what they like, and it’s what they eat day after day. It’s always oatmeal!

My wife finishes her morning workout and comes upstairs, greeting us with hugs and kisses. She takes over and finishes getting the kids ready for school. I head back upstairs to get ready for the day.

Fast forward through the day; its work, home, dinner, playtime with the kids, and then we put them back in bed. Most likely the day ends with my wife and I falling asleep on the couch as we attempt to finish that must-watch Netflix series.

Each day for us really looks the same. The next day ends up not resembling a next day at all. It’s just the same day again.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with routine. Having structure and routine is good for us. In our routine though, we can find ourselves stuck in a place of monotony. Ultimately, it affects those we do life with, leading to monotonous relationships. We find our relationships with co-workers, friends, and family stuck on repeat.

This weekend, Ben Snyder defined monotonous as lacking variety, dull, tedious and repetitious. While we have a tendency to become monotonous, we want adventure in our lives, and we crave adventurous relationships.

So, how do we move relationships from monotonous to adventurous? That’s what this next series, Adventure(Us), is all about. Together we will learn that we have a choice, a chance to choose our own adventure. We will be looking at principles from the Bible’s book of Proverbs. Each proverb shares a truth that is an invitation to trust God in our relationships.

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.

Adventure calls us to trust and to be willing to take risks and try out new ideas. Are you ready? Are you willing?

 

Questions:
Would you describe your relationships as monotonous or adventurous?

If your relationships are stuck, are you ready for adventure?

Next Steps:  
Write down what the current reality of your most important relationships look like. Reflect on the ways you would like to see those relationships change and be more adventurous. Journal about those changes.

Prayer:
Dear God, thank you that you have made me for relationship, and that you desire my relationships to be life-giving. You designed it that way, and you have equipped me with your Word to have meaningful relationships. Help me to be a risk-taker and to choose adventure over monotony. Amen.


This post was written by Ben Bockert. Ben is a proud husband and father of three beautiful daughters. He is honored to serve as the Director of the LivingItOut Bible Study.


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